The supermodel mogul sat last year’s New York Fashion Week out and has decided not to walk for this year’s either. Jenner told Vogue that she deliberately chose to only be a front row attendee for NYFW’s spring/summer 2020 season, saying “It’s a lot more mellow to just go, but I won’t lie, today I was missing it, I was watching the girls and I was like, ‘Damn, I kind of want to walk.’ ”
Kendall has only walked three runways so far this year, and has been open and vocal about her mental health issues in the past, her struggles with anxiety and managing panic attacks. Back in August 2018, Jenner told Love Magazine “I was never one of those girls who would do, like, 30 shows a season or whatever the f*** those girls do. More power to ’em.” This landed the model in some trouble with the modelling community, specifically Victoria’s Secret model Jac Jagaciak, stating “This makes me so angry, So disrespectful to literally 99% of people in the industry — yes, they had to work their way up. Please get in touch with the real world!”, another said “Models don’t just come from Calabasas… they come from Somalia, the Siberian tundra, a rural village in China, a trailer park in Tennessee. Making disparaging comments about your peers doesn’t lead to growth or unity which our regulation-less industry desperately needs”. Jenner’s rep later clarified the quote was taken out of context and that her intentions were good.
Sat next to Julianne Moore backstage at a Longchamp show, where Kaia Gerber opened in a black nylon number complete with ‘knitted boxing boots’, Kendall spoke to Elle about her runway anxiety and how she has managed to overcome it, sharing “I used to get really nervous during fashion shows, I feel like when you’re walking on the runway—I say this from experience—you’re just thinking, ‘Walk straight! Walk straight!—and you try to just focus on that. Especially me, because I used to get really nervous when I knew people in the audience. I would try and force myself to zone out. But now, I’m cool with it—I’ve actually gotten so much better at it that I like knowing who’s there, and I’ll kind of peek over to see who’s in the audience before I come out. But it took a little while to get to that point.”